Three workers in the Northern Territory received serious crush injuries in separate incidents last month.
In the first incident, a worker at a remote community worksite was injured operating a skid-steer loader.
A portion of the worker’s foot was outside of the cabin and resting on a crush point area, when they lowered a bucket attachment onto their foot, crushing and fracturing it.
In the second incident, a worker in the greater Darwin area received a serious crush injury, when, their arm was drawn into a conveyor belt. The worker was operating machinery when the material became wedged under a conveyor belt roller.
The incident occurred as the worker attempted to remove the material from the roller, and the worker suffered fractures to their wrist and forearm.
In the third incident, a worker was seriously injured after they were knocked over by a forklift. The worker (who was the forklift operator) had just exited, when the forklift moved forward knocking the worker to the ground.
The worker’s leg became entangled in the forklift’s wheel well and they suffered multiple fractures to their foot.
NT WorkSafe issued an incident information release which said machinery is a major cause of work-related death and serious injury nationally.
There are significant risks associated with using plant including but not limited to:
NT WorkSafe said all workplaces undertaking similar activities to ensure the following measures are in place, and that they are effective: